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Keeping happy and healthy through online volunteer engagement
Anne-Marie Bekaert became an UN Online Volunteer two years ago, just after retiring. “I wanted to keep in touch with my former colleagues from the Online Volunteering service team and the work they do”, says Anne-Marie, who, prior to her retirement worked as Chief of Volunteer Recruitment at the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme. Her first assignment was the translation of the Online Volunteering service booklet into French, and recently she took up the responsibility of editing the French translation of the newsletter. “As the editor of the French newsletter, my contribution is very modest. Still, I am happy to be of help... and to remain engaged in a project I consider of great value to society.”
Born and raised in a small village in the north of France, Anne-Marie emigrated to Canada after finishing her university studies. Throughout her professional life, volunteerism was at the core of her work. As a young woman, she served as a volunteer in Haiti and Costa Rica, working with abandoned children.
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